ISRAEL: Sovereign Wrong

At first, Argentina protested just as a matter of form. TIME Correspondent Piero Saporiti had reported that Nazi Adolf Eichmann had been run down by Israeli agents in Buenos Aires and whisked out of the country in an Israeli plane. Off went Argentina's note to Israel, asking for information and tacitly inviting an equally pro forma denial that the Israeli government knew anything about it. But last week Israel's Premier Ben-Gurion replied with one of the most undiplomatic notes in diplomatic history—and the Argentines wished they had not asked.

Instead of the expected diplomatic evasion, old Ben-Gurion admitted that Eichmann...

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